I get a lot of looks and comments from non school sponsored athletes. Comments about our diet, gear and class schedule are always the most common among the conversations that i overhear.
It may seem like we all have designed diets for every week because of the amount of attention we get in other areas of competition, but besides a quarterly talk from our nutritionist we, or I, hardly pay attention to what i should or should not be eating. I am still the same girl i was in highschool, when cereal was my after school snack and i had dessert every night. I've sat next to someone in the dorms who sat wide eyed next to me the whole meal and finally asked me if i was breaking to rules by eating pizza and fries. If anything, I think I need to pay more attention than what i do to what i eat.
I do love the gear we get for being on a sports team, in fact most of us refer to it as our second christmas! Even though it seems like we are being showered with clothing, we actually arent. We need at least two full days of gear to wear as a team out during tournaments. Not to mention the outfits we wear to weights every week. The reason we usually are wearing all of our gear during class is because we either have no time to change from weights to class, or because we have been worked so hard that there is no benefit in changing besides maybe smelling nice.
As hard as it is to believe, we are not babied with classes either. At least for my sport right now, we practice up to 6 hours in a day including weights and it is extremely difficult to find a class, much less three, that fit into that schedule. We have tutoring as a mandatory hour in our busy days to put everything aside to make sure we are understanding the material we are getting.
All in all, i know it probably still seems hard to imagine, but we are not being babied. We have workouts morning and afternoon that demand all our energy so that we are performing the best we can for UCLA. I hope you all can accept and support us on our way of becoming national champions. Go bruins!